Olympic champion sprinter gives Northampton students running masterclass

Marlon Devonish with Malcolm Arnold Academy students NNL-141206-171954001
Marlon Devonish with Malcolm Arnold Academy students NNL-141206-171954001

Olympic champion Marlon Devonish spent the day at Malcolm Arnold Academy in Northampton and gave students a sprinting masterclass.

The 100m and 200m runner, who won gold in Athens in 2004, delivered three sessions focusing on improving running technique and reaching maximum speed.

The 38-year-old also showed students his impressive medal collection, including three gold and one silver medals from the Commonwealth Games, He also spoke to the students about his career highlights and the importance of having a passion.

Mr Devonish said: “This has been such an eye-opening experience for myself and I have really enjoyed my day here. This is a great academy that clearly has an amazing focus on sport. I think the students are very lucky, I wish I had these sorts of opportunities when I was at school.”

As part of the visit, the sports captains at the academy got to have lunch with the star. He was also interviewed by student sports journalists.

Kian Fitzsimons, a year eight student, said: “It was brilliant to work with a professional and Marlon gave us lots of advice both on and off the track. He has taught me that if you have a desire for something then you should never give up on it